Now this is what I call HOT WHEELS! As a kid you were probablly told never draw on anything with a Sharpie. Heck, you probablly tell yourself that even as an adult! Well, leave it to two young guys in Jacksonville, North Carolina to break the rules and go to town on a $10,000 Honda sportbike!
Spending over 50 hours tagging this bike, Jesse Lockhart, 25, and Nick Schuman, 27, went by their own rules, took out their Sharpies and simultaneously began drawing on opposite sides of Schuman’s brother-in-law’s sportbike. The duo decided to name it Shiyonin, meaning “Servant of God,” reflecting their Oriental backgrounds. And with no professional background, Schuman and Lockhart, with a total of only 4 Sharpies, uncapped their creativity and drew whatever came to mind!
You may want to take a second, third, even a fourth look at Shiyonin because every time you look, you are sure to find something new! And no Sharpie fans, you are not seeing things- I asked and yes, that is the Michelin Man and Woody the Woodpecker! Check out these pictures and learn about how Lockhart and Schuman used their talent to create one AMAZING piece of work.
Tell me a little about yourself and everyone who contributed! My name is Jesse Lockhart, I’m a 25 yr old male and Nick Schuman is a 27 yr old male. Our wives definitely had a big role in contributing to this bike because. Alongside our 9-5 work week, we had to work on the bike after hours, LATE into the night. One of our biggest contributors, we would both have to say is Jesus, for giving us the talent to do it.
How long have you been riding? I started when I was 8 on dirtbikes, so for 17 years I have been riding. Nick has been riding for 15 years, starting when he was 12, on a minibike.
Do you have an art background? Professional artists? We both have had artistic talent since we were young. Our minds have always seen things differently that most people don’t usually see – Curves, Colors, Shapes, Texture! We are not professional yet, but we are well on our way to becoming full-time custom painters.
What made you decide to Sharpie up this HOT bike? We are in the process of opening our own custom paint shop and we wanted to do something that would definitely stand out amongst the crowd and shine some light on our business. This bike was actually done for Nick’s brother in-law, who was more than willing to lend a bike to get tagged when he heard the idea of a “Sharpie bike.”
Why Sharpie? Why did you go with Black & White? Nick and I have always been big fanS of white vehicles ( Both of us and our wives all have white vehicles). White is very clean and the bike itself is mostly black, so it was kind of a no-brainer that we would both want to do black over white. All our lives we were told to never to write on anything with a Sharpie because it was PERMANENT, so when we had the chance to use a Sharpie on something big and important like a $10,000 machine, we were all over it!
About how many Sharpies went into this? What kinds did you use? Believe it or not, I had 2 markers and Nick had 2 markers and neither of them ran out! We both had 1 fine tip for outlining and 1 fat chisel tipped for filling in.
Did you have a plan? Tell me about the process! NO PLAN!!! We both stepped back with a blank stare, he took one side and I took the other and we met in the middle. Whatever popped into our heads went on the bike. Total improv.
I would be terrified to mess up…Who made the first mark? How nervous were you? We both started at the same exact time with both of us laughing at what we had gotten ourselves into! We knew it was going to be a long process. Then about 10 minutes later we started cracking up at the “squeeekie,squeeekie” sound that came from the tips of the markers- that never stopped. It was hilarious...we weren’t nervous!
How many bikes do you own? Kinds? I have a 2008 Suzuki GSXR 600. Nick traded his beloved Honda “Nicky Hayden Edition” RC51 in for his son’s new dirtbike.
Does anyone actually ride it or is it just for show? Yes! It is driven daily, we haven’t even been able to finish it. He (Nick’s brother-in-law) was told to bring the bike back the next day for touchups and here it is a month later and it still hasn’t made it back (he just likes the attention)!
Any other designs in the works? Yes, but it’s a secret for now.
What’s next for the bike? Lowering it, extending it, finish custom exhaust, and Sharpie the wheels.
Be sure to visit Lockhart’s myspace page to see more photos of Shiyonin and the hard work that was put into creating the design.
Also, look forward to their new website and new updates on http://www.shiyonin.com/